Chess: your chance to compete in the Winton British Solving Championship

This week’s puzzle is a chance to enter a nationwide competition where FT readers have traditionally performed very well. White in the diagram, playing on the chessboard, must play and checkmate in two moves, against any black defense.

The puzzle is the first stage of the annual Winton British Solving Championship, organized by the British Chess Problem Society. This competition is only open to UK residents and entry is free. The prize fund should be at least £1,200, plus prize money for juniors.

To enter, simply send White’s first move to Nigel Dennis, Boundary House, 230 Grays Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1QY or email [email protected]

Fill in your name, home address and postcode and mark your entry “Financial Times”. If you are under 18 on August 31, 2019, enter your date of birth.

The closing date is July 31. After that, all solvers will receive the answer, and those who get it right will also receive a postal series of eight problems, with plenty of time to solve them.

The top 20-25 postal round entries as well as the top juniors will be invited to the final in February 2021 (subject to Covid-19). The champion will qualify for Team Great Britain at the 2021 Resolve World Championship, an event where GB is often a medal contender.


The starter problem is tricky with an unusual twist. Obvious checks and captures rarely work. Check your answer carefully before sending it. Good luck!

NB: There is no solution to chess this week as our column focuses on the domestic competition above

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